April 1642. Sir John Hotham, Governor of Hull, Member for Beverley and owner of most of East Yorkshire is charged by Parliament to secure the arsenal at Hull and deny entry to King Charles I.
If only it were that simple. With a Royalist siege outside the city walls and the rebellion of the mob within, Civil War seems inevitable and losing his head more than probable. And that’s to say nothing of his problems at home – a lovesick daughter, a ghost obsessed with the chinaware, sexually arousing furniture and a wife intent on escape.
Caught between two choices, Honour and Advantage, we join Sir John on frankly the worst day of his life.
Kicking off Hull's year of culture this riotous comedy from award-winning playwright Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors), directed by Phillip Breen with Mark Addy as Sir John Hotham and Caroline Quentin as his fifth wife, Lady Sarah Hotham.
Grant wrote music and lyrics for a whole host of political protest songs and music, performed live every night with passion and zeal by Josh Sneesby, Phill Ward and Adam Jarvis.
Sold out before it even opened at Hull Truck Theatre, The Hypocrite transfers to the RSC's Swan Theatre in March and plays until the end of April 2017.
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"Grant Olding's spine tingling music and lyrics deserve a special mention"
"Where The Hypocrite really surprises and delights is its music. Composed by Bean's previous collaborator Grant Olding, the songs that punctuate the action are sung in a type of protest folk style, a la Billy Bragg or Frank Turner. They remind us that as the laughs subside, the war for ordinary people felt like 'the world turned upside down'" **** Broadwayworld
"Troubadour protest-singers and libidinous utopian Levellers enliven the scene." **** Telegraph
"Raucously merry piece" **** Guardian
"Ballad singers punctuate the action with punkish protest songs by Grant Olding; at the end, after the cast have pursued their own comically uncivil wars, they gather together for a paean to parliamentary democracy."
"A cartwheeling historical farce."
"The addition of a trio of protest-singers is a masterstroke. Grant Olding’s songs are more memorable than those of many a musical." Stratford Observer